Ex-Alabama police officer pleads not guilty to murder in deadly shooting of man outside his own home

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A former Alabama police officer has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the fatal shooting of a man in front of his own home during a dispute with a tow truck driver.

Mac Bailey Marquette, 23, entered the not guilty plea through his attorney, court records show.

Steve Perkins, 39, was shot and killed on Sept. 29 when officers with the Decatur Police Department accompanied a tow truck driver trying to repossess Perkins’ truck. The driver reported that Perkins pulled a gun, so officers accompanied the driver when he went back to the home, police said.

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Liz Young, a defense attorney representing Marquette, said he was acting "in defense of his life and others."

"We are disappointed that he is being prosecuted for such a clear case of self-defense and justified force. Officer Marquette adamantly denies any wrongdoing and his defense team will work zealously on his behalf," Young said in an emailed statement....

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